Uber has not given up developing self-driving cars. But on Monday, the company announced that it had slowed down autonomous commercial trucks.
" We have decided to discontinue the development of our self-driving trucking program and to progress exclusively with cars," said Eric Meyhofer, head of the Uber Advanced Technologies Group in a statement on Monday.
The change, first reported by TechCrunch, does not mean a definitive end to truck research for Uber. But the company was forced to rethink its self-driving efforts after a fatal crash in March, when a Uber SUV collided with a 49-year-old woman.
Uber is now trying to revive his autonomous vehicle research. Last week, the company's test cars returned to the streets of Pittsburgh after a four-month shutdown.
For the time being, the vehicles are driven in Pittsburg in manual mode, but Ubers Meyhofer still called this a sign of "Momentum". As a result, the company has decided to redistribute its self-driving efforts to focus exclusively on consumer vehicles. "We believe that the energy and expertise of our entire team is leading the way in this direction," said Meyhofer in his statement.
Uber's self-drive started in 201
However, Uber's acquisition of Otto was later caught in controversy. Waymo, a spin-off of Google's self-driving auto research, decided to sue Uber in 2017. It alleged that Levandowski had stolen Google trade secrets and delivered them to his new employer Uber.
In response, Uber fired Levandowski and later a $ 245 million agreement with Waymo to end the lawsuit.
In the commercial truck sector, Uber still has its freight program, which brings together truck suppliers and suppliers. Uber is therefore of the opinion that it is not necessary to immediately develop self-propelled trucks in order to remain competitive in logistics, said a company spokeswoman.